Two members of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) Engineering Support Division (AES) and a member of the Infrastructure Services Division who is assigned to the APS are among the Argonne employees throughout the Lab who received Argonne National Laboratory Board of Governors Awards for Outstanding Safety Performance.
Kenneth Belcher, Safety Interlocks Group Leader, and Mike Edelen, AES Division Director, are two of 13 members of the Argonne Electrical Safety Committee who are recipients of the James B. Porter Jr. Team Award for Outstanding Safety Performance. The award is given annually to “a team of Laboratory employees working in any part of the Laboratory who embody the principles of integrated safety management and directly contribute to the creation and sustenance of a positive safety culture and a commitment to excellence in workplace safety.”
George Doktorczyk, who is assigned to the APS and is a Principal Electrical Engineer with Facilities, Building, and Maintenance in the Infrastructure Services Division is also a recipient of this team award.
According to its charter, the purpose of the Argonne Electrical Safety Committee is to “support implementation of Argonne National Laboratory's electrical safety program and provide overarching guidance for the Laboratory's electrical safety program.” This is achieved through a comprehensive list of 16 responsibilities that include instituting policies and practices regarding the conduct and regulatory compliance of electrical and related work at Argonne; promoting the electrical safety program improvement process; evaluating and recommending the contractual adoption of new or revised standards, codes, and requirements for electrical work; providing subject matter experts as required for Laboratory critiques of electrical incidents; and reviewing occurrence reports involving electrical issues, participating in root-cause analyses, and providing electrical safety information for dissemination, such as accident reports and lessons learned.
John Connolly, APS Deputy Associate Lab Director for Operations, said of this award, “Through their diligence and exemplary demonstration of the Laboratory’s Core Values, Ken, Mike, George, and the other deserving members of this Committee have made a truly significant contribution to the safety of our employees and users by achieving a remarkable record of electrical safety at Argonne.”
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